Who is eligible to apply for the Community Grant Competition?

Eligible applicants include community stakeholders, such as:

  • Parents/family members
  • Autistic individuals
  • Community organizations (e.g., K-12 public schools, parent groups, 501(c)(3) non-profits, etc.)

Additionally, by the time of the award, the applicant must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status).


Do I need to be affiliated with a university in order to apply?

No. University/academic partners are encouraged but not required.


Are researchers eligible to apply?

No. Projects must be led by community members. The grant supports resources developed by the community, not resources developed through research.


What kinds of informational resources will the grant support?

Projects may include, but are not limited to, the creation of:

  • Guides and/or manuals
  • Educational curricula
  • Books (children’s, instructional)
  • Practical toolkits
  • Innovative multi-media tools

All projects must be publicly accessible (i.e. beyond the applicant’s local community or organization only) and intended for non-commercial informational and educational purposes.


Can I submit more than one application?

Applicants may submit up to 2 applications per cycle.


How much funding can I request?

The Community Grant Competition will provide funding between $1,000-$10,000 per awarded project. Applicants are encouraged to check the Request for Applications to learn more about what expenses are eligible to be supported by this grant. A sample budget and budget template may be found at this link.


How do I submit an application?

During the open application period, you can find a link to the online application on the Community Grant Competition page. Applications are submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply. When you apply, you will be required to sign up with your e-mail address and create a password for your account. Please be sure to remember this password, as it is the only way to go back and make edits and submit your application. Once you have signed up (or logged in if you are returning), the system will take you directly to the most updated version of your application.


I forgot my password for the application. What should I do?

OAR does not have access to user passwords. Please utilize the “Forgot Password” feature on the application portal.


What will I need in order to complete the application?

The application has several parts:

  • Basic information about the project, the applicant, and any collaborators.
  • Project summary: an uploaded document (maximum of 4 pages) in which you will provide a detailed overview of the project. You will be able to access a response template, including the questions and formatting instructions, once you begin your application.
  • Budget: an uploaded document including project expenses and a justification. You can view a template and example at this link or download it once you begin your application.
  • Resource draft: A draft of your proposed resource.


Do I need to have my resource drafted in order to apply?

A draft of the resource is strongly preferred. At minimum, applicants must submit an outline.


What will I need to complete by the end of the funding period?

By the end of the funding period, the funded resource must be finalized and ready for distribution. A plain language promotional summary is also required at the end of the funding period to be distributed throughout the OAR and AIR-P networks.

Final expense report and receipts (if requested) must be submitted within 30 days of the project closing date.

I have a question that was not answered here. How can I contact you?

If you are unable to find what you are searching for or have additional questions, please contact programs @researchautism.org.